Living in the End Times
These are the notes I made whilst making Living in The End Times:
What a concrete block and a jellyfish have in common.
Think of William Burroughs cut up narrative style.
Excel centre London - arms fair and nightingale hospital
Tate and Lyle - Pontoon dock
Empty massive yard opposite O2
Plastic wrapped meat
The totalitarianism inherent in corporate structures.
Picture of a globe
Images of the future: Collapse being a good example.
Strong flash shot of small plant growing in the gutter.
Violence as effect of material inequality - text panels
Robbe Grillet - check out
Pour away that youth
That overflows the heart
Into hair and mouth;
Take the grave’s part,
Tell the bone’s truth.
Throw away that youth
That jewel in the head
That bronze in the breath;
Walk with the dead
For fear of death.
by Phillip Larkin.
One cannot take photographs with a dictionary - Berger
The anxiety of NOT being productive
Between here and nowhere- Maurice Blanchot
The activation of a memory in a moment of crisis - victor burgin
Requiem for a dream
The old man and the gun
Notes to self.
is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." Philip K Dick
Always interesting when mainstream types tell you how different they are.
A weird disconnect between needing people and a ‘someone’ and a total need to be absolutely on my own.
The architecture of a planned concealment - paraphrasing Lewis Baltz
Violator - Depeche Mode
Accelerator - FSOL
The future casts its shadow over the present in a strange reversal of the usual
Bertolt Brecht: photography in the hands of the bourgeoisie has become a terrible weapon against the truth. 1931.
Why film? Link to past. Chemical reaction to light. Latent image as metaphor.
Make a mock up book as a note book
Rooms for sleep cleansed of dreams - Ilya Ehrenburg
The drunkards den
The onrushing algorithmic (singularity)
A simple note
Studies and further studies in a dying culture - Christopher Caudwell
It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism
Catastrophe anthem - Clark
A dependence on chaos
Anatomy of the peripheral nervous system
Coordinated management of meaning
Invisible manipulation data
Propositions and provocations
Safe in the hands of love - Yves Tumor
The age of anxiety - WH Auden:
We would rather be ruined than changed
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.
A series of photographs exploring the human condition and the inherent limitations this entails.
From the misrepresentation of life via social media, the Maslowian restrictions of food and shelter, the earth bound limitations sat in the historic understanding that all cultures are, eventually, bound to fail.
Cockroaches and rats. The alienating and engaging experience of London.
88 images. Total number of perfect ratio Fibonacci sequence.
Try some images with additions like text or blank areas.
Things behind screens, glass, coverings as comment about temporality and metaphysics. The subconscious. Things that are hidden or not immediately available to ones consciousness. Instinctive traits. Containment.
Systems built towers Broadwater Farm Haringey.
Fire nearly out. Record towards the end. Things running out. Empty fuel gauge.
Man made but seemingly natural spaces. Lea Bridge wetlands.
Toxic masculinity. Razors next to the bath. Intimate human elements.
Try to amalgamate James Sykes Photo work with the freedom of The Both And work.
Try to be spontaneous and authentic. Explore staged images. Shoot more.
what is the study of Complex Systems?
Complex Systems is a new field of science studying how parts of a system give rise to the collective behaviours of the system, and how the system interacts with its environment. Social systems formed (in part) out of people, the brain formed out of neurons, molecules formed out of atoms, the weather formed out of air flows are all examples of complex systems. The field of complex systems cuts across all traditional disciplines of science, as well as engineering,
management, and medicine. It focuses on certain questions about parts, wholes and relationships. These questions are relevant to all traditional fields.
study of complex systems is about understanding indirect effects. Problems that
are difficult to solve are often hard to understand because the causes and effects
are not obviously related. Pushing on a complex system "here" often
has effects "over there" because the parts are interdependent. This
has become more and more apparent in our efforts to solve societal problems or
avoid ecological disasters caused by our own actions. The field of complex
systems provides a number of sophisticated tools, some of them concepts that
help us think about these systems, some of them analytical for studying these
systems in greater depth, and some of them computer based for describing,
modelling or simulating these systems.
approaches to the study of Complex Systems:
are three interrelated approaches to the modern study of complex systems, (1)
how interactions give rise to patterns of behaviour, (2) understanding the ways
of describing complex systems, and (3) the process of formation of complex
systems through pattern formation and evolution.
above is interesting in terms of intersectionality. Combine all of my thinking
into one cohesive body of work with many narratives including micro and macro
observations, relationships between things and interconnectedness.
Elements and Relations.
to make the work so any two/three images could be shown together and still make
a cohesive statement. Get some prints made to try this out. Get 12 images
printed by Labyrinth 12x16 for portfolio. Talk with the staff there about
style. Then find a portfolio review. Submit more often.
UCL Documentary Photography MA
some B&W? Maybe as a counterpoint to the colour? Fuji Neopan 400.
a roll of Fuji quickly this week to check the exposure.
Lightroom folders, make one for film project
brief history of complexity
platform 3 looking back to city. Like Nigel Agar.
Something struggled for and easily lost
The authenticity project
The contingent relations of complex systems
a book with blank pages - Ed Ruscha
form of nostalgia
malady of death
future is still so much bigger than the past
in the end times - Zizek
Gibson - near future - All tomorrow’s parties
Vivo - ‘out of the living’, experiments done on human tissue outside of the
the limitations of the substructure - El Lissitsky
Constellations of Heaven - WB Yeats
hungry social world
away from square-on dead pan
images must be multi-layered with multiple meanings.
to photograph my experience.
on Ridley Road;
film but 6x9, 35mm and auto so varied;
up - channel Waplington;
of narrative over single images;
out and make more work;
of styles, images, subjects;
clearly one thing;
portrait of London;
Stevenage - BAE Systems
the personal to explore the universal
tripod close ups Lea Bridge river
to photograph the Internet and politics - photograph WiFi hotspot locations
about circuits - the things that connect us…
park M62 massive blank buildings
M62 near A1
- ruin value Brian Ladd
Gun: Secret Plans and Clever Tricks.
Edge Lands - a series of photographs about margins and the marginalised
with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough
Flask of wine, a Book of Verse and Thou
me singing in the Wilderness
palaces are temporary palaces
sometimes it goes the other way
of future passed
absence becomes a special kind of presence
Energies - Balil.
scenes. New details.
shot in focus. Same shot out of focus
in the end times.
tax riot - Trafalgar Square - Extinction Rebellion
decision ‘for’ something is ‘always’ a decision ‘against’ something else.